How to Clean Plastic Mountaineering Boots

How to Clean Plastic Mountaineering Boots
Plastic mountaineering boots are usually used for winter and cold-weather climbs because of their removable liners. The plastic boot keeps feet dry, while the liner provides warmth and comfort. One downside to plastic boots is that they are extremely stiff and do not allow much ankle flexibility. But that stiff outer shell also makes cleaning the boots a breeze.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Stiff brush
  • Dish soap
  • Plastic cup
  • Rag
Step 1
Remove the insulated liner from the plastic mountaineering boots. The liner should pull out easily.
Step 2
Brush any mud away from the bottom of the boots with a stiff brush. Perform this action outside to avoid creating a mess in your home.
Step 3
Mix a few drops of dish soap into 1 cup of warm water. Swirl the water around to create suds.
Step 4
Dip a rag into the soapy water and rub the inside and outside of the boots to remove any visible dirt.
Step 5
Rinse the rag in clean water and wipe the boots down again to remove soap residue.
Step 6
Wipe the insulated liner with a damp rag to remove dirt.
Step 7
Leave the boot liners in a warm, dry place and allow them to dry completely before placing them back inside the boots. The liners may become moldy if they are left inside the boots while still damp.

Tips & Warnings

Store the boots with a fabric softener sheet inside each liner to keep them smelling fresh.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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